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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection of standards with a couple of Macca originals thrown in for good measure, February 11, 2012
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This review is from: Kisses on the Bottom (Audio CD)
While Paul McCartney is not the first ex-Beatle to explore The Great American Songbook - that honor goes to Ringo Starr's unfairly maligned 1970 album Sentimental Journey, which was actually fairly successful (Number 7 in the UK, and a respectable Number 22 in the U.S.) - this album is a wonderful trip back in time to the music of the pre-rock era. I played both CDs back-to-back the other night and, although Ringo's is a little brassier, both are excellent. The music on KISSES ON THE BOTTOM fits Paul like a glove - it's as though he has been a jazz singer his whole life instead of one of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll vocalists - and Diana Krall and her band (who I am also a huge fan of) provide excellent backing. There is not a bad track in the lot; the highlight is probably Macca's own "My Valentine," written for new bride Nancy Shevell.

There was only one drawback: misleading advertising on various Web sites (including Paul's own) led me to believe that the Deluxe Edition contained two bonus tracks ("Baby's Request" and "My One and Only Love") and said nothing about any retail exclusive. When I received the Deluxe Edition from Amazon, it did not have the two extra cuts, so I returned it for a refund. I found the extended version at Target. The Deluxe Editions at other stores are the same as the Amazon version, and other outlets only carry the standard version. I don't know if there are any other bonus cuts available on other versions; I hope not, because I don't like purchasing multiple copies of the same CD from different retailers to get different bonus tracks.

I know that the elitist rock critics will turn up their noses at this album, just as they have done with Paul's classical work. Well, after 50+ years in the music business, Paul McCartney has more than earned the right to do any kind of music he damn well pleases. If he retired tomorrow - and I don't think he will - he has given his millions of fans a musical legacy that will last forever. So get off his back, please.
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